Hi there! This is the second part of the cellulite articles, and today we’ll talk about what we can do to get rid of cellulite (Yeah!).
- Part 1 – What is cellulite, why do we get it and what daily habits worsen it?
- Part 2 – What can we do to reverse it?
As I mentioned in the first cellulite article (see it here), I found that cellulite is not due to bad circulation, excess fat or toxins, it’s due to muscle atrophy. As I’ve learned in the Symulast Naked Beauty program: “There are layers lying just below your skin. You skin, the epidermis, is the wrapping. Just below that is a deeper layer called the dermis which lies on top of your subcutaneous fat. Then, beneath that fat is a layer of muscle tissue. And, holding all of this up, is that muscle tissue.” So, if the muscle tissue is atrophied, it isn’t going to be strong enough to hold the upper layers tightly, and the skin will show dimples and what we identify as cellulite.
With that in mind, let’s get right down to business as to what you can do to help prevent or reverse cellulite. Some tips were already given in the last article. You should aim to:
- Relax and have a good night sleep (everyday!) to help maintain hormonal balance;
- Talk with your physician about any concerns you may have about prescribed drugs;
- Trade table salt for unrefined sea salt to help maintain your body’s electrolyte balance;
- Drink PLENTY of water to maintain your muscles and skin (and whole body!) well hydrated.
Dietary wise, you should also be aiming for a balanced diet, one that avoids processed foods and gives you these nutrients:
- Protein (ex.: beans, eggs, fish);
- Healthy carbohydrates (ex.: oats, sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa, carrots);
- Natural fats (ex.: avocado, olive oil, nuts, coconut oil);
- Fiber (ex.: ground flax seeds, leafy greens, carrots, berries).
Ok, diet and rest are covered. Now, what else can you do to reverse cellulite, reverse this muscle atrophy? Exercise! But not every exercise will be useful, you need to do exercises that stimulate all the muscles of your lower body. Here is a small sample from Symulast Naked Beauty, they recommend doing them 3x a week, with a day off in between:
1 – Double Leg, Hamstring Curls for Cellulite on Back of Thighs and Butt
Lying down on a mat or soft surface, facing up – place your heels and calves on top of an exercise ball (55cm to 65cm / 22in to 25in is ideal). Place your arms on the ground at your sides. Lift your hips off the ground by pushing your heels and calves into the ball. That is your starting position. Then curl your heels in toward your hamstrings, while pushing your hips toward the sky. Stop when the bottoms of your feet are on top of the ball. Then slowly return the starting position.
2 – Double Leg, Knee-Ups for Cellulite on Front of Thighs and Legs
Get onto your hands and knees – on an exercise mat or soft surface. Bring your toes forward. Then slowly lift your knees off the ground and get your glutes up toward the sky – so your legs are almost fully straightened. Then slowly return to the start position – lightly touching your knees to the ground.
3 – Double Sided Hip-Extensions for Cellulite on Back of Thighs, Calves and Butt
Lying down, face-up now. Bend your knees and point your toes upward – so your heels are the only part of your feet touching the floor or mat. Push your heels into the ground and lift your hips toward the sky. Give a slight pause at the top. Then slowly lower your hips to touch the mat. Breathe out on the way up (as you exert) and breathe in on the way down (as you relax).
4 – Exercise Ball Squats for Cellulite on Butt, Hips, Thighs, Legs and Calves
Place an exercise ball (55cm to 65cm / 22in to 25in) against a wall and then lean against it with your lower back area. With your feet shoulder width apart – slowly squat down as the ball rolls up toward your upper back/shoulder blade area. Pause for a second or two – then slowly return to the top position, keeping a slight bend in the knees at the top. Breathe in going down – breathe out going up. Remember: DO NOT lock out your knees at the top of the movement.
These exercises should be done slowly, with your attention focused on the muscles you are working, because we tend to do things automatically when we know them and then take advantage (unconsciously) of momentum and the stronger muscles to do the work.
The complete workout is only available through Symulast Naked Beauty (you can see it here), and it actually delivers more content than what is promoted, as I found exercises for toning the arms, stomach and 2 whole body toning videos, in case we want to exercise beyond the main routine. I believe this is a great program, as I’ve said before, because I’m seeing really good results with it! If you’d like to try it, they have a 60 day money back guarantee, so you can try it with complete confidence and if you don’t like it, they’ll refund your money. Perfect deal!
Now let’s get down and dirty! Sort of! The video below is an interview with Joey Atlas, the creator of the Symulast Naked Beauty program (all round good guy too!), and he’s demonstrating a few of the routine’s exercises there. So, play it and let’s sweat a little bit! 🙂
And that’s it! In these articles we’ve been looking at cellulite from a completely different angle, and something in here is bound to have surprised you. We have been misinformed about this issue, and that’s why we never could solve it! There’s a multi-million dollar industry interested in selling cellulite reduction creams and treatments that never solve the underlying issue, and that is part of the reason we never get rid of cellulite (if we’re relying on creams we won’t do any other work!).
I am spreading the word among our community and my social circles, because the more people who know what works to eliminate cellulite safely and naturally, the better, and I hope this information spreads to reach every woman and men who want a real solution.